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Man of Sorrows

November 1, 2016

Theology_Matters Man of Sorrows Some Christian artists today portray Jesus as a jaunty, grinning figure. Posters, paintings, and figurines depict Jesus as smiling or even laughing. None of the Gospel accounts describe Jesus laughing, though many scholars note that His parables reflect an underlying sense of humor. Jesus was no jokester,...

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  • Practical Theology November 1, 2016

Truly God and Truly Man

December 1, 2019

Theology_Matters Truly God and Truly Man Jesus' story did not begin with His birth in Bethlehem. John 1:14 indicates that before He "became flesh and made his dwelling among us," Jesus was "with God" and He "was God" (John 1:1). The church's teaching about the triune nature of God presupposes another equally important biblical doctrine:...

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  • Practical Theology December 1, 2019

Jesus— Man but not God? The Ebionite Heresy

February 1, 2006

Theology_Matters Jesus— Man but not God? The Ebionite Heresy The Scriptures declare that there is one mediator between God and men, “the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5). Many who heard the gospel in the first century had no trouble accepting this. For them, the major stumbling block to the gospel was the church’s insistence that Jesus Christ...

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  • Practical Theology February 1, 2006

The Miracle of the Incarnation

December 1, 2008

Theology_Matters The Miracle of the Incarnation The miracle of Christmas is the miracle of Christ’s Incarnation. The Incarnation is one of the foundational truths of the Christian faith. The doctrine of the Incarnation is the good news that, at an appointed moment in human history, God became flesh and lived among us (Gal. 4:4; John 1:1,...

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  • Practical Theology December 1, 2008

God’s Laughter

March 1, 2010

Theology_Matters God’s Laughter Does God have a sense of humor? Those who like to laugh find it difficult to picture God without one. But this may be due as much to the high esteem we have for this personality trait as it is to anything the Bible has to say. Because we consider a sense of humor to be a virtue in others, we feel certain that...

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  • Practical Theology March 1, 2010

What Are People Worth?

May 1, 2010

Theology_Matters What Are People Worth? Two kinds of value exist in the world. Intrinsic value is calculated based on the inherent nature or worth of a thing itself. Assigned value is determined by what others are willing to pay. When it comes to people, both kinds of value apply. According to Jesus, people have intrinsic value in God’s...

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  • Practical Theology May 1, 2010

Practical Theology | Jesus Wept

June 1, 2021

Practical Theology with John Koessler: "If you want to begin memorizing Scripture, an excellent place to start might be John 11:35...

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  • Christ's Return
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Attributes of God: Goodness

August 1, 2004

Theology_Matters Attributes of God: Goodness A popular worship chorus declares: “God is so good, God is so good, God is so good, He’s so good to me.” The divine attribute of goodness refers primarily to who God is and only secondarily to what He does. Of course, the two are related— God does good because He is good. God does not measure...

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  • Practical Theology August 1, 2004

Exclusively Inclusive

March 1, 2020

Other Exclusively Inclusive “By making Jesus the only door through which we can find salvation, God opened the way to include everyone who comes in faith.” In this pluralistic and inclusive age, it is popular to think that many diverse roads can lead to God. With so many belief systems, how can just one be correct? Those who assert this...

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  • Practical Theology March 1, 2020

Sin: Following A Bad Example or Having a Fallen Nature?

September 1, 2006

Theology_Matters Sin: Following A Bad Example or Having a Fallen Nature? Features of Pelagianism Rejects the idea of “original sin” People become sinners by following Adam’s example Everyone is born with an ability to obey God Salvation is a result of personal effort rather than grace On Bill Moyers’ PBS special Genesis, panelists from many...

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